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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Welcome to ABC Wednesday where this week we celebrate the letter G as in goat, gorgeous, giant, golly gee, grand, gigolo, general, etc.  I've made up a slideshow for you about two places I visited this summer in North Yorkshire, England, and where I had absolutely the most generous hosts to whom I'd like to dedicate this particular blog - Phil and Jill Ellis. I hope that I was a great guest in heir grandiose home, a 17th century stone house in the village of Grosmont.  Jill and I also drove through Goathland, a place I'd seen with her in 2012, but we slowed down so I could take some photos from the car window.  Just to help you out a bit, Grosmont is pronounced "grow-monT" and Goathland is pronounced "goth-land"(emphasis on the "goth")

Here's a bit of background about these two villages.  From Wikipedia...

Grosmont is home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway engine shed.[51] A number of structures in and near the village are listed, including: the three arch sandstone road bridge over the Esk, dating from around 1700;[52][map 9] the early 19th century 'Eskdale Villa' on the eastern outskirts of the village;[53] and in the village the 19th century 'Rose Cottage'.[54]  Several railway related buildings and structures are listed, including the 'Station Tavern' public house and outbuildings (originally "The Tunnel Inn");[16][17] the Post Office (c. 1835);[18] and the former horse tramway tunnel, now a pedestrian route;[55][56] all built for the Whitby and Pickering Railway in the 1830s. Also listed are the Murk Esk railway bridge (1845);[34][map 10] 1845 railway tunnel,[35] and the G.T. Andrews designed Grosmont Railway station (1846),[36][map 11] all built for the York and North Midland Railway.

The village of Goathland was the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Many landmarks from the series are recognisable, including the stores, garage/funeral directors, the public house and the railway station. The pub is called the Goathland Hotel, but in the series is the Aidensfield Arms. After filming for some years a replica was built in the studio.[5] 

The music I chose to go along with the photos is called "It's Almost Perfect Here" and that is how I feel about these two gorgeous villages in North Yorkshire.  I fell in love with the place even more than I did four years ago.  Some of the lyrics you'll hear are "the reason is coming crystal clear", "I think I really dig this atmosphere", "you're the one thing I've got this thing about", "go with the flow" and I think the only thing that could make it more perfect is if I could actually live there!

With great thanks to the generous Denise Nesbitt, creator of ABCW, and the gallant Roger, our administrator.  Also glorious thanks to the goofy team of assistants who visit everyone's post each week to leave glowing comments.  Turn up your sound and expand to full screen to enjoy!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


Melody Steenkamp said...

Your enthusiasm radiates from this post....
Not to long ago you moved house....
somewhere in the future we might read posts about you moving country... In my mind that even sounds l0gical ;-)

No matter if I am right or wrong, you've had a wonderful trip and that is all that is important ;-)

Have a nice ABC-W-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Trubes said...

We've visited Goathland Leslie when we had a holiday in Whitby.
The summer may be good if you're lucky, but it can be viciously
cold with lots of snow in wintertime...
No Gulf Stream there as there is in Vancouver BC.
Interesting post and excellent photography,

love Di,
ABCW team.

photowannabe said...

Perfect song for your slideshow.
Loved it Leslie.
The quaint villages just make me want to pack my bags and visit too.
I think I would have worn my camera out there.

Amit Agarwal said...

Very nice!

Roger Owen Green said...

You have wonderful adventures!

Ann said...

Oh it does look simply delightful, very quaint. The population very small--don't have too many neighbors. The moors look wonderful and I would love to visit.

Photo Cache said...

Great tour, thanks.


Joy said...

Years ago did a walk and train ride around there. I remember arriving at Goathland and being surprised at the number of people visiting the village as at the time I was completely oblivious to the fact it was 'Heartbeat' (never watched it). I see you share my enjoyment of sheep photographs.

Hildred said...

Wonderful Smilebox, and so professionally done. This is a part of England I am familiar with, - my husband's wireless op lived in the vicinity and we visited on Squadron Reunions - also had a dear war-bride friend from Yorkshire...we were fans of Heartbeat here...

Shooting Parrots said...

Thanks for a great slideshow. I never knew that Goathland was the setting for the Heartbeat series.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post and slideshow for G ~

Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

Indrani said...

That is wonderfully composed with G words!
Happy ABCW!

Powell River Books said...

Guess that was like they used Steveston in the TV series Once Upon a Time. - Margy